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Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario Opens Up On Her Past Eating Disorder

Posted on January 10, 2014 by

Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario as she opens up to Seventeen magazine to talk about her past eating disorder.

The February cover girl tells the mag it wasn’t for trying to look good for the cameras and casting agents, it was for school.

“I started self-harming when I was a junior,” she said. “I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school… I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.”

Since the news broke, Bellisario told E! she made the choice to be honest with the public because she knew being the cover girl of Seventeen would require her to answer very personal questions.

“I don’t really know if it’s the best thing for me [to be so honest]… I had to make the choice of do I just completely lie and say my life was great and totally perfect?” she said. “Is it going to help the men and women who watch my the show who are 17? is that going to help? Or is [it] gonna be better for me to be honest and do something a little bit scarier and try to talk a little bit about that? I kinda made a choice and now I’m going with it.”

We, for one, think it was an incredibly brave thing to have done. We’re sure Bellisario’s honesty will help many other girls struggling with similar experiences.

To see more photos from this Pretty Liar’s photo shoot, go to seventeen.com.

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  • Daniel Sillitto

    I totally agree. Letterman was such a prick. I guess he forgot that without the viewers there wouldn’t have been a show. Shows are paid by advertisers and advertisers don’t invest in shows which no one watches. A little bit more respect and gratitude please for choosing to watch this 9 years when I could have just watch any other show.

  • cesue

    Well Letterman is a jerk period. Clearly he never watched the show. As for the actors defending the ending, of course they are. They want to work again and won’t publicly say so soon after the end that they disagreed with the outcome even if they did–there are afterall also DVD/Blu-Ray sales of the last season to contend with. The reality is that this ending was rushed and ultimately as much as they are selling it as ‘innovative’ basically just became a “Friends” rehash the second that they made Ted the pathetic, love-struck loser (Ross), Robin the self-centered, princess, obsessed with her career (Rachel), and Barney (the guy who tries with one girl to really commit, fails, so is therefore destined to be a hopeless player). It wasn’t ‘new’ its was rehashed garbage and that was upsetting. I had no problems really with them killing off the mother–it is sad that we got like 5 minutes of relationship after 9 years, but alas the death was fine. The issue is that Ted went back to Robin like the lovesick, pathetic loser that he always was. Perhaps in the early conception of the show it was understandable why Robin was such an it girl, but in the same manner that one didn’t quite understand what was so endearing about Rachel and why two friends would risk their friendship for the show-proclaimed ‘it girl’, there was nothing about Robin that ultimately screamed out yeah I can see why two best friends would be passing this girl back in forth between one another for the better part of a decade.